Crush Groovin’: Tracee Ellis Ross

I wish I could get my hair to look this great.

I wish I could get my hair to look this great.

Move over, ladies! Tracee Ellis Ross is joining you as the girl crush of July!

What more could I possibly say that the pictures on this page cannot convey? Yes, she is the daughter of one of the greatest [supreme] divas the world of music has ever been blessed to hear. I have to highlight that fact, but T.E.R. has secured her own spot as one of the most beautiful divas the world of entertainment has been blessed to have.

I honestly don’t know one, single person who does not find this woman attractive. What is it about Tracee Ellis Ross that men and women tend to crush on? Is it her penetrating eyes? Is it her near perfect skin? Is it her curly tresses that so gracefully fall from her crown? Her humorous personality? Or is it that voluptuous rump that gets to follow her everywhere she goes? How about it’s a combination of all of the above? Tracee is sexy for so many reasons that could fill this entire page, but for the sake of keeping it short and sweet, I will say this much: Bu Thiam is one lucky brother to have this arm candy:

Unaltered, natural beauty.

Unaltered, natural beauty.


So, why is T.E.R. considered as one of my girl crushes? Look at the woman. Just look at her!
Then again, this photo says more, yes.

Then again, this photo says more, yes.


TER is too dope. Nuff said.

TER is too dope. Nuff said.

And really, is it necessary for me to explain why she’s even on my list? There’s something about her character that seems ingenuous unlike so many celebrities who are blessed with physical features most women would covet to have. I believe with Miss Tracee Ellis Ross, what you see is what you get. My goodness, she just comes off as one of those people you want to become b.f.f.’s with! (I personally would love to raid her wardobe and jewelry armoire. She even has that tricky, lazy eye thing going on like I do whenever I smile for a flashing camera. That’s reason enough why she and I should be friends! I’m joking . . . sort of.)

Tracee Ellis Ross has a bright spirit that captures people’s attention (clearly, she got it from her mama)–the type of woman who could be seen wearing a pair of Air Jordans one day, Christian Louboutins the next. Now, that’s my kind of girl crush.

She doesn't even need makeup! Flawless, honty! Flaw-less!

She doesn’t even need makeup! Flawless, honty! Flaw-less!

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I Love My City: Part 1

I love my city. I mean that with the utmost sincerity. When it comes to the foodstuff, there is always somewhere new to try. No wonder Birmingham, Alabama is creating a name for itself as an up-and-coming culinary city!

Not long ago, I went on a field trip (yes, I just called it that) in this city I love. I’d made plans to play catch-up with an old high school mate of mine. I was going to settle for only a quick phone call, but I thought meeting him in person over food would be more appropriate. We agreed to meet at Urban Standard, a local coffee shop located in the contemporary loft district of downtown Birmingham. We both ordered a grilled cheese sandwich made with cheddar, american, and an herbed goat cheese spread accompanied with a jelly for dipping; kettle chips; an iced tea for me, soda for him; and we shared a [tofu] urban noodle bowl. I don’t know about him, but I was as “full as a tick,” as the idiom goes.

We ate while we discussed changes in Birmingham, its natives, traveling and living abroad, retro cars, Nike kicks, music . . . whew! I even had the pleasure to meet a local musician my friend occasionally plays for. Just in casual conversation with her, she reminded me of an artist . . . someone like Janis Joplin or maybe Carly Simon. She told me about her upcoming shows and gave me her card for me to come see her performances. (As much as I love music, I just might do that!)

Faith Skate Supply's skateboard deck wall.

Faith Skate Supply’s skateboard deck wall.


After we ate and talked for awhile, we made a quick stop in Faith Skateboard Supply next door–a first visit for me. Arranged with an entire wall of skateboard gear and Vans . . . the shop must be a skater’s dream place.

“You want to go to Steel City Pops?” my friend asked, and we were soon driving on the streets of the Southside on our way to Homewood where the popsicle eatery is located. I’d been trying to go there for over a year. I was craving something sweet anyway and it was a hot summer day, so it was the perfect time to cool off with a frozen gourmet treat. FM3It appeared like we weren’t the only ones who had that idea since the place was crowded with patrons waiting to get their hands on a bizarrely mixed popsicle. I mean, kids, moms, dads, girlfriends everywhere . . . nowhere to sit inside; people were standing in the doorway waiting to order, that’s just how packed tight the little cozy eatery was.
Of course Steel City Pops has typical “safe” flavors like watermelon, strawberry, or peach for those who prefer one of the fruit variety. I wanted to be daring and try one of the more odd flavors, though; maple bacon with bourbon to be exact. Wait . . . what?!

The maple bacon with bourbon popsicle. Creamy and delicious.

The maple bacon with bourbon popsicle. Creamy and delicious.

Yep! A popsicle with bits of bacon in it. Seems bizarre, right? Let’s face it! Bacon is on and in everything! If you didn’t get the memo, bacon is no longer limited to burgers and salads. No, sweets are having their way with bacon these days. Doughnuts. Milkshakes. Cupcakes. So why not popsicles, too? Surprisingly, it was really good! OK, not too surprising. It’s bacon! Of course it was good! Bacon ups the ante on any food, right? (Goodness. I’m salivating just thinking about it. )

I had a good time that day trying new things in the city of Birmingham with my good friend. Had I settled on calling him instead, I wouldn’t have had the chance to enjoy eating a popsicle laced with bacon bits. (Oh. I enjoyed his company, too.) But on that day, I was reminded of how there are so many more restaurants my appetite for delicious food wants to explore in the city I love. Someday, I will try those restaurants. It’s only a matter of deciding where to go to next.

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